HomeLet, the independent tenant referencing company used by Martin & Co St Albans, are being asked to carry out their referencing services as normal, and be reassured that checking the immigration status of a tenant is not yet required.
This call comes from Barbon Insurance Group, parent company of reference provider Homelet, amid speculation that it is now mandatory to make the check. This follows a recent release of the Coalition Government’s plans for the proposed immigration bill.
Barbon’s Interim Sales and Marketing Director, Gary Abraham, says: 'We’re aware that a number of our letting agent customers are unsure as to whether they need to check a tenant’s immigration status for their landlords before they allow them to move into a new rented home. We would like to reassure them this check is still just a proposal and they can continue to carry out their referencing services as normal.'
'If an agent asks to see the immigration status of a tenant without the bill’s legislation being in place, it could have a detrimental effect on their business. When and if the immigration bill is passed, we will work with our letting agents to provide solutions to the proposed legislation. In the meantime though they don’t need to change the way they reference any of their tenants with HomeLet.'
All tenants placed by Martin & Co St Albans, are fully referenced by independent provider Homelet who provide both a referencing service to our business, but also support us through business updates or changes. Any questions or concerns about the immigration status checks, or any other aspect of the referencing service, are dealt with by our Account Manager who is always more than happy to help.